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The condom. Wait, that was before 1994.
The Internet. while technically prior to 1994, its uptake has curbed park usage significantly.
Google. I now use less non-Google things.
i can imagine the Civilization model:
World ends in 2030 when Bismarck conquers Spain!
Many people swear that talking/texting/browsing/whatever on their phone does not inhibit their driving abilities. The reality is that there is maybe 1 person in 1,000 who is capable of doing so, but that one person is typically smart enough not to do it.
Unfortunately, perception is reality. People's perceptions are that humans are awesome and the best equipped to respond in some hypothetical unknown situation. This clouds people's reception of a computer, which is capable of processing and reacting far faster than a human, that is capable of handling day to day driving.
Are there situations where a computer can't figure out what to do? Certainly, and that's when a human would be needed. But in this case a computer controlled car would pull safely off the road, and alert the driver to take over. Mesh the cars, and eventually all the cars learn how to deal with this aberrant situation.
~shrug~ But I'm an optimist that hates driving. I'm ready to stop.
Nope - but I don't have them running anything important without human intervention either.
I don't know how to build a car either, but I'm the one driving it.
FWIW -- I agree that a computer driven car is going to be far safer than anything operated by a human (or monkey, snail, slug, etc). I was just trying to point out why people may inherently be against it.
I believe it is the fact that we (humans) built it, that makes us not trust it. We know how stupid humans are, how could we create anything smarter than ourselves?
Frankly, I have much more faith in a Google computer driving my car then I do the other humans on the road.
Granted, these days it's not that far fetched -- but that still bothered me.
My phone is a consumption device. Yes, it's possible that it can create things, but that is not its primary purpose. It's equivalent to racing Nascar in a prius. Yes, it's possible, but you won't be very quick and you're pitstops will take forever.
I think it's an age thing. College kids today don't appreciate the full diversity of an actual laptop, and instead opt for a consumption device. I don't see the new ipad making this any different - it is still primarily a consumption device, but now it has creation tools.
I must be old, because I still prefer a keyboard to a mouse, and a computer to a tablet.
I loaded Windows 98 from 1 CD (with a MSCDEX boot floppy disk)